*NFL WEEK 12 RECAP (2022 Season)

This was an ugly win, but it was a win nonetheless. Washington struggled to put Atlanta away, but they got it done. 

Taylor Heinicke was shaky and inconsistent but made some critical plays at key moments. Brian Robinson had the first 100-yard game of his NFL career and looked terrific, gaining some tough yards and catching a TD. Additionally, John Bates was more involved in the passing game with another TD under his belt. 

The Defense did what they had to do and neutralized Atlanta’s dangerous running game. Daron Payne tipping the pass from Mariota, leading to a Kendall Fuller pick, was outstanding. I can’t stress enough how remarkable our secondary has been since William Jackson got shipped out. 

Washington is playing at a high level and is on track to make the playoffs. Therefore, their focus should be on improving our playoff seeding. 

WASH 19 — FALCONS 13

Next up, Washington visits the NY Giants. At 7-5, Washington is in a unique spot; they visit the NY Giants on week 13, then we have our bye week on week 14, followed by playing the Giants again at home on week 15. This series of games against NY will be crucial for Washington to pull away from the NFC playoff hunting pack. The Giants bring a lot of pressure and have solid corners, so we must protect Heinicke well and avoid costly picks. On Offense, NY relies heavily on Saquon Barkley leading the way. Washington’s Defense has been formidable at stopping the run; they must continue to dominate up front against NY. Advantage, Washington Commanders.

And for the rest of the league,

DALLAS 28 — NY GIANTS 20

The Cowboys were behind for most of the game until the Giants imploded late in the 3rd quarter, and Dallas took over the game and never looked back. I still maintain that Dallas is a highly overrated team. Next, Dallas hosts Indianapolis. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts. 

The Giants were leading 13-7 at halftime but could not maintain consistent momentum. Plus, Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards, and Daniel Jones cannot get it done without a running game. Next, the NY Giants host Washington. Advantage, Washington Commanders. 

EAGLES 40 — PACKERS 33

The Eagles ran all over Green Bay. Jalen Hurts was unstoppable, rushing for 157 yards plus throwing for 152 yards with 2 TDs and no picks. Philadelphia will continue to run through any team that cannot stop their ground game and cannot contain Hurts. Next, Philadelphia hosts Tennessee. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

The formula to beat Philadelphia is stopping their running game. Unfortunately, Green Bay did not execute a solid Defensive scheme to contain Jalen Hurts. In addition, the calls for the firing of Joe Barry are starting to gain some traction. Also, Aaron Rodgers left the game in the 4th quarter and is now questionable for next week. But on a positive note, Jordan Love looked pretty good, replacing Rodgers while putting together a scoring drive. Next, Green Bay visits Chicago. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.  

49ERS 13 — SAINTS 0

The San Francisco 49ers are on a 4-game winning streak and look like the NFC’s most dangerous team. Next week’s matchup between Kyle Shanahan and Mike McDonald should be epic. Next, San Francisco hosts Miami. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.

The Saints’Saints’ lack of running game was their undoing. It is unreal that a team with Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram III, and Tayson Hill had a combined 33 yards of rushing between all three — very pathetic. Next, New Orleans visits Tampa Bay. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

CHIEFS 26 — LA RAMS 10

The Chiefs had their way with a banged-up and depleted LA Rams team. At 9-2, Kansas City is poised to finish on top of the AFC. Next, Kansas City visits Cincinnati. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

The LA Rams are done for the season. No Matthew Stafford, no Cooper Kupp, no running game, and many issues are dooming this team. Next, the LA Rams host Seattle. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

BILLS 28 — LIONS 25

The Bills got pushed hard; it took a field goal with .02 seconds left to edge out Detroit. Buffalo has won 2 games in a row, and they are now one game from first place in the AFC East. Next, Buffalo visits New England. Advantage, Buffalo Bills. 

The Lions are surging and playing their best football in years. They have suddenly become one of the hottest teams in the NFL, and the playoffs are within their reach. Next, Detroit hosts Jacksonville. Advantage, Detroit Lions. 

RAIDERS 40 — SEAHAWKS 34

The Raiders needed this win urgently to save whatever chance they had to land a playoff spot. Josh Jacobs had a monster day, rushing for 229 yards and 2 TDs, including the game-winning, 86 yards touchdown run in overtime. Maybe this win sparks a late-season push for the Raiders. Next, Las Vegas hosts the LA Chargers. Advantage, LA Chargers. 

It seems like Seattle’s cinderella story might be coming to an end. The Seahawks have now lost 2 games in a row, but at 6-5, they are still pretty much in the mix for a playoff spot. Next, Seattle visits the LA Rams. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

LA CHARGERS 25 — CARDINALS 24

The Chargers ended their 2-game losing streak and put themselves right back in the playoff hunt. Justin Herbert was effective, throwing for 274 yards with 3 TDs and no picks. However, their lack of a running game is a cause for concern. Next, the LA Charges visit Las Vegas. Advantage, LA Chargers. 

This was a soul-crushing defeat for Arizona. At 4-8, their playoff hopes are pretty much gone. The player/coach relationship between Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury will be the topic of much speculation as the season whines down. Next, Arizona has a bye week. 

JAGUARS 28 — RAVENS 27   

With 14 seconds left in the game, Trevor Lawrence threw a 10-yard pass to Marvin Jones to outgun Lamar Jackson and win the game. This was a massive win for a Jacksonville team looking to make a late-season playoff run. The Jaguars are 4-7 and are mathematically still in the wildcard hunt. Next, Jacksonville visits Detroit. Advantage, Detroit Lions.

Justin Tucker missing a 67-yard field goal made the difference. But the story here is the way Lamar Jackson struggled to score for most of the game. So the Ravens should be concerned with the lack of touchdowns. Next, Baltimore hosts Denver. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens.

VIKINGS 33 — PATRIOTS 26

After the embarrassing loss to Dallas on week 11, the Vikings found their way again and put together a solid win. Nevertheless, if Minnesota intends to make a deep playoff run, they need to address their Defensive issues ASAP. Next, Minnesota hosts the NY Jets. Advantage, NY Jets. 

Mac Jones had a productive game, throwing for 382 yards with 2 TDs and no picks. But their lack of running game against a suspect Minnesota Defense should be reason enough to be a concern. Next, New England hosts Buffalo. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

NY JETS 31 — BEARS 10

The Jets looked like a more dynamic team with Mike White as their QB; He threw for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and zero picks. At 7-4, NY is one game behind Buffalo and Miami. Maybe this QB switch might be the change this young Jets team needed. Next, the NY Jets visit Minnesota. Advantage, NY Jets.

The Bears are a completely different team without Justin Fields. It is beyond apparent how dynamic and essential Fields is to Chicago’s offense. However, at 3-9, Chicago is pretty much done for the season, especially if Justin Fields and a few key starters are unavailable. Next, Chicago hosts Green Bay. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

DOLPHINS 30 — TEXANS 16

The Dolphins had their way with Houston and dominated every aspect of this game. Tua continues to play at a high level and should be at the top of the MVP list. Next, Miami visits San Francisco. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.

The Texans finally benched Davis Mills and replaced him with Kyle Allen. Nevertheless, the results were similar. Houston will likely end up selecting one of the top college QBs coming out in the 2023 draft and continue to build around him. Next, Houston hosts Cleveland. Advantage, Cleveland Browns. 

PANTHERS 23 — BRONCOS 10

The QB carousel in Carolina continues, and this time it was Sam Darnold leading the way to a victory. Darnold wasn’t impressive, but he was effective. Especially avoiding turnovers or costly plays — this performance has earned him another week as the starting QB. Next, Carolina has a week off. 

The Broncos are in complete disarray. Russell Wilson’s ineptitude at running this offense is alarming. The video of Mike Purcell yelling at Russell Wilson on the sideline indicates all the issues plaguing this Denver team. Next, Denver visits Baltimore. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens. 

BENGALS 20 — TITANS 16

The Bengals are starting to get hot again like they got hot last season and made it to the Super Bowl. In the absence of Ja’marJa’mar Chase, TE Higgins is stepping up as Joe Burrow’s top receiving target. Next, Cincinnati hosts Kansas City. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs. 

The Titans could not get Derrick Henry going on the ground, but they got some legit production from him in receiving, accounting for 3 catches and 79 yards. The rest of the Tennessee Offense was pretty mediocre, relying on field goals and a Defensive fumble recovery for a score. Next, Tennessee visits Philadelphia. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

BROWNS 23 — BUCCANEERS 17  

This was probably Jacoby Brissett’s last game as the starting QB in Cleveland — Deshaun Watson is expected to be available and active for week 13. It feels poetic for Watson’s first game back to be against Houston. I expect Watson to be rusty and ineffective. Cleveland’s ground game will be the key. Next, Cleveland visits Houston. Advantage, Cleveland Browns. 

The Buccaneers’ inability to stop Nick Chubb was crucial for Cleveland to edge out Tampa in overtime. However, if Tampa Bay doesn’t address its Defensive issues, it might be at risk of not making it to the postseason. Next, Tampa Bay hosts New Orleans. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

STEELERS 24 — COLTS 17

The Steelers showed some grit here. They were losing 14-13 at the start of the 4th quarter and managed to put together a scoring drive and a 2 pt conversion to win. Insanely, at 4-7, Pittsburgh is mathematically in the AFC playoff hunt. Next, Pittsburgh visits Atlanta. Advantage, Atlanta Falcons. 

The lack of NFL coaching experience by Jeff Saturday was visible here; by not calling a crucial timeout in the 3rd quarter and a few other head-scratching decisions. Nevertheless, the Colts have adequate personnel to put together some wins, and at 4-7-1, they can still make a run at a wildcard spot. Next, Indianapolis visits Dallas. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts.

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